Today we woke at the hotel as usual, the 5 of us crammed into a little room, had a nice breakfast downstairs and began our day. Since this was Mom and Ali’s last day in Barcelona we fit in as many paying attractions as possible :p Our first two stops were at two houses Gaudi designed. Walking into a Gaudi house is like walking into a Dali painting. There are very few straight lines or right angles. The houses are frequently an amalgamation of plant and animal forms merged together creating the feeling of entering a fantasy world.
After the Gaudi houses, we accompanied Mom, Sophie, and Ali back to the hotel and said our goodbyes. The chord had been cut, Kiana and I were on our own in Europe with adventures to be had. Adventure number 1, go upstairs and check in to our hostel, so not a huge leap, but a start.
The hostel was significantly cheaper than the hotel a floor below, with the only difference being a bathroom outside the room. When we checked in, bottle of wine in hand, the clerk offered to open the bottle of wine for us and gave us two glasses. Things were looking up! After dropping our bags off, Kiana and I celebrated our upcoming adventures with a toast and headed out to meet Kiana’s friends for an early dinner at 9:30. Gotta love Europe. Fastforward to 10:30 and her friends show up, fashionably late for Europe. Dinner was great. I had an enchilada and a salad, with a Coronita. I later learned there’s already a Corona in Spain, so Corona goes by Coronita.
After dinner we went with Kiana’s friends to a cool little expat bar in Barcelona for some beers. The bar was covered with graffiti and punk memorabilia. It was an awesome place that I will definitely go back to the next time I’m in Barca.